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Booming Success. A new great tennis tradition 35 27.34%
Pretty Good. Could use some tweaking but should continue 56 43.75%
Not a bad idea but execution/format needs major overhaul it it is to succeed in the future 5 3.91%
Entirely meh. Do not care either way about it. 9 7.03%
An awful waste of time and money for every party involved. End it immediately 6 4.69%
Purely a showcase for Federer/Nadal. Will not survive without them 17 13.28%
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What do you think of the Laver Cup?

What are your opinions after 1 year of action?

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The cheesy, pro wrestling like backstage segments are more entertaining than the actual tennis.
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It's decent I like it
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I'm enjoying it, and it seems like a successful tournament, but I question whether it could survive without Federer and Nadal actively promoting it and playing doubles together.
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Technically it's not one year of action yet It surpassed my expectations, I enjoyed this tournament a lot more than at average 250/500 tournament, the quality of tennis is top-notch and the player's commitment also makes it pretty competitive and dramatic. I think the actual rules could use some changes, as currently we may end up with a boring 3rd day, but still it's a refreshing tournament.
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It's awesome. The players are playing these matches like their lives depend on it. Plus putting Nadal and Federer on the same bench is a fantastic idea. Watching their reactions is superb.

If Raonic, Nishikori and Del Potro were playing for the "Rest of the World" then it would have and will be fantastic.

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I always thought making tennis a team sport is the best way to increase watchability and income
Unfortunately, IPTL made a silly joke of the idea.
Hope this new one will be taken more seriously
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Fun event

Will be difficult after Fedal are gone, but it may hold sway

Will be easier for the organizers if they do not have to pay $2M to Fed and $1M to Rafa

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It's pretty good. Significantly more competitive than most of us expected and is very well organized. I'm enjoying it. Too bad some top RoW players couldn't make it, on the other hand, if all top players were around, we'd have Big 5 vs... Does_it_really_matter. So it's all good.
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Im happily surprised by the Laver Cup. The atmosphere is phenomenal, plus they seem to take it seriously compared to other exhos. If they manage to turn this into the Ryder Cup of tennis, I can see this being way more appealing for top players than the Davis Cup, let alone the Hopman Cup.
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Execution of the concept is superb - black and white court makes it look like an old black and white sixties match that has been colourised, adding to the whole legend idea. Add to that the fantastic camera angles, committed players and fun interaction, and it's great.

Pity the teams are so unbalanced, but high quality, entertaining matches nonetheless.

Whether it will survive post Fedal remains to be seen - Borg and Mac being captains for three years should help though.
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Complete joke of an event, especially as they had to a come up with an absurd scoring system just to make it impossible for Europe to win before we got to day 3. I would always choose to watch a futures event over this farce.
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Complete joke of an event, especially as they had to a come up with an absurd scoring system just to make it impossible for Europe to win before we got to day 3. I would always choose to watch a futures event over this farce.
Lol.

Better this kind of scoring system then those ghastly dead rubbers or outright cancelled matches in DC, guarantees crowd gets their moneys worth.

And when you can find a futures with this level of play let me know.

Some people have just been brainwashed by the ATP monopoly - good for ATP and ITF to get a bit of genuine competition.
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Lol.

Better this kind of scoring system then those ghastly dead rubbers or outright cancelled matches in DC, guarantees crowd gets their moneys worth.

And when you can find a futures with this level of play let me know.

Some people have just been brainwashed by the ATP monopoly - good for ATP and ITF to get a bit of genuine competition.
Level of play isn't everything. I find watching two futures player scrapping like mad for a couple of ranking points and a few hundred dollars far more entertaining than the top guys playing meaningless matches.

As for dead rubbers, obviously far from ideal but far better than a contrived scoring system where one team can win every match on days one and two yet still lose on day three. Also a deciding 5th rubber, played over 5 sets in Davis Cup, is many, many times more interesting than anything the Laver Cup will ever produce.
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